What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is made to withstand the weather, including precipitation and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your AC maintenance technician to inspect possible damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause significant damage to the moving parts and electrical components. The water usually has to reach about a foot in depth to affect your air conditioning system, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for an AC inspection immediately.

If heavy showers or flooding caused your AC system to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we recommend doing to avoid more damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Deactivate all the electrical switches to your AC system. If you are not comfortable with this, you can call your air conditioning service company to help assist you with the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Remove any standing water if possible and cautiously clear any debris from around the area.
  • Do not turn on your air conditioning system until a professional air conditioner inspection has been done. Call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

REMEMBER: Do not cover your outdoor heating and cooling systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out completely and remove moisture, a could cause rust or other damage.

In addition to downpours, spring tends to bring hail storms, also. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioners are harmed by hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not notice that the damage inside the air conditioning unit may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the air conditioning system more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around 10% of air conditioning units damaged by hail had to be entirely replaced.

Strong winds tend to accompany storms and while your air conditioning unit probably won’t get wind damage, other things picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your system.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your air conditioning unit is working safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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